Harley Quinn #45: “Harley Quinn vs. Apokolips Part One”
Art by: John Timms
Cover by: Guillem March
Variant cover by: Frank Cho
Written by: Sam Humphries
WHAT JUST HAPPENED: Harley has had a rough time of things lately. She defeated Penguin and his plans to rule the world starting with Coney Island. Harley also had a run in with the Reapers as well as Professor Pyg. She’s been so busy that she was carrying a taxidermied Beaver and talked to it like it was still alive.
THIS WEEK: After her run-in with Penguin and his gang, then her certainty that someone was trying to kill her, Harley needs a break. She goes to Bahnisia Island (which you may remember from Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1) for a vacation. Her mom encourages her to not lose herself completely, but being herself is the last thing Harley wants. She just wants to relax and not worry about anything going on in her current life.
Her vacation, however, is short-lived due to the Female Furies showing up to recruit Harley to their cause. Harley refuses, but they take her anyway and she wakes up on Apokolips. Granny Goodness is there to greet her and Harley thinks she’s still on Earth until Granny Goodness shows her that she’s actually on a war-ridden world full of conflict and fighting, which makes Harley really happy.
After accepting a spot in Granny Goodness’s Female Furies, Harley gets a new hammer with a new outfit and goes about crushing people along her way until Granny Goodness calls her to go hunt down Petite Tina, who really is anything but petite.
ABOUT THE ART: This issue was a lot of fun to read. The panels had a great flow to them and you hardly realized how quick of a read it was until you finish and realize you didn’t stop once out of confusion or boredom. Always a good sign! I love John Timms work, especially in this issue. The detail to Apokolips is awesome! And Sam Humphries writing just adds to it. I especially loved the witty references to Apocolypse Now, which is a movie adaption of the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad set during the Vietnam war. And if you know all of this, you’ll understand why it just makes this issue even more genius. Between Timms beautiful art and Humphries witty and classic pop culture references, this is an amazing issue that should be read a few times at the very least.